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How did Ricin become the poison of choice for incompetent schemers?
How did Ricin become the poison of choice for incompetent schemers?

In April, a 30-year-old man in Oklahoma was charged with soliciting the murder of his pregnant girlfriend. According to court documents, it was actually the fetus he wanted to kill, but if his girlfriend died as collateral damage, he was "OK with" that. Authorities say he cooked up a toxic powder at home and loaded it into a vial. He then tried to recruit a friend to carry out his scheme, impressing him with the scary vial. The idea was that they'd put the powder on a pizza, and the friend would pose as a pizza deliveryman and hand over the poisoned pie. Instead, the friend went to authorities, and another nefarious plot was thwarted. Or at least another poorly...

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